The Moose Jaw Warriors might have themselves a few new scouts.
Warrior season ticket holders Darlene and Robert Smith attended Monday’s Telus Cup game between the Prince Albert Pintos and the Toronto Nationals and were impressed by the quality of play.
“These are great prospects. These guys are pretty fast and they are going to be good hockey players,” said Darlene Smith. “I think we should draft some of them for the Moose Jaw Warriors."
“We got a few picked out already,” laughed Darlene’s husband, Robert Smith.
The first day of the tournament was busy for volunteer Martin Tendler, who is the father of Generals forward Trey Tendler.
“50/50 is usually a hard sell. The first period is over and I sold my first bunch of tickets they gave me already,” said Tendler. “I think as the week goes on you are going to get more and more people out here. The excitement of it all is just starting to sink in with a lot of the people and the players too.”
It’s the first time ticket staffer, Alice Stashnoff, has volunteered at Mosaic Place. The volunteer said she is looking forward to meeting new people and socializing. The hockey on the other-hand isn’t as important for her.
“Oh I think it’s very good hockey. I am not a really big hockey fan myself, but I’d like the home team to win,” said Stashnoff, as she pointed to her husband who is also volunteering. “He likes the hockey though.”
A few fans of the Mintos came up this morning to watch their team. Dwight Stahl of Prince Albert drove up this morning and said the stadium is beautiful and the people of Moose Jaw are friendly. However, he was more concerned about his team’s fortunes.
“I guess everyone has the pre-tournament jitters but they got that out in the first period,” Stahl said about the Mintos. “We have a good chance. It’s an unknown. We are all in the same boat.”
Three games are scheduled each day at Mosaic Place, with each team playing five prelimary round games before the top four teams square off in the semi-finals on Saturday. Tickets will be available at the door all week.
Nathan Frank can be reached at 306-691-1263.